I was just looking at Pajamas Media, a very active website with many contributors. Apart from its cutesy title, which I find off-putting, I see nothing at this site that seems in the remotest sense conservative or that bears any relationship to what was once known as the conservative movement in this country. The contributors seem like a bunch of liberals who don’t like Islamic extremism and anti-American leftism.
Jake J. writes:
I call them the “anti-hippy party.” Most of them are sensibly against the excesses of the left that most experienced firsthand while at college, yet know very little or nothing about actual conservatism. We most often deal with them while covering events at local colleges here in Chicago, we’ll be chatting amicably enough about some subject, like illegal immigration for example, and so long as you never mention race or that awkward fact that some cultures may not be up to the challenge of assimilating or even be capable of becoming Americans everything is hunky-dory. However, the moment you bring up one of the “unspeakable topics” they shift uncomfortably, start sighing, and begin to glance longingly for a door by which to escape.Jeff in England writes:
You and your reader(s) seem to talk in a sneering way about Pajamas as a site for ex-hippies and liberals who are anti-Islam and against anti-Americanism etc. These are exactly the sort of people you need to enter dialogue with ally with if you want to enact real change in the policy towards the Islamic incursion and Muslim immigration. It is great news that some liberals are thinking like this (and feminists who blog on the site such as Phyllis Chesler).LA replies:
I’ve said many times that I welcome liberals who oppose Islam. It is not their liberalism that I am objecting to, but the fact that they think of themselves as, present themselves as, and are thought by the world as being, conservatives. A site like Pajamas Media, and a Hollywood liberal like Roger Simon, are now seen as representing conservatism. If a beagle calls itself a race horse, and I say, “No, you’re a beagle, stop calling yourself a race horse,” does that make me a purist?Terry Morris writes:
You wrote: “The contributors seem like a bunch of liberals who don’t like Islamic extremism and anti-American leftism.”LA replies:
Of course.Jake J. writes:
What Jeff in England is saying seems laudable on its face until you actually have to deal with these folks. I’m not sneering, just calling ‘em like I see ‘em. These “Pajamas conservatives” have the fatal flaw all of liberals, they aren’t willing to do what it takes to solve any of the problems they are allegedly against.
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